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Tuesday
Jul052011

Pia Toscano of 'American Idol' Signs with Interscope

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol cast-off Pia Toscano has signed a recording contract with Interscope Records, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Tuesday.  Toscano will record her debut album, which is set for release later this year.  

Last month, Antonina Armato of the production team Rock Mafia – who worked with all of the finalists this past season on Idol – told ABC News Radio, "[Pia] just got signed to Interscope. We just finished a song with her called 'Counterfeit,' which is phenomenal...and we did another song for her as well."

For now, the newly-signed artist will release her debut single, "This Time," on July 12.  The track will also be included in Toscano's set during the Summer 2011 American Idol Live! Tour.

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Pia Toscano Signs Record Deal

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Though America decided Pia Toscano wasn't worthy of making it into the top eight on American Idol, Interscope Records apparently thinks the singer is still worthy of a record deal.  

Antonina Armato of the production team Rock Mafia -- who worked with all of the finalists this past season on Idol -- tells ABC News Radio, "[Pia] just got signed to Interscope. We just finished a song with her called 'Counterfeit,' which is phenomenal...and we did another song for her as well."

The other song is called "Dreamgirl," but Armato and partner Tim James aren't sure if that tune will appear on Toscano's album.  As for "Counterfeit," Armato says Pia sang it "amazingly."  

The deal with Interscope came about quickly, according to Armato.

"They just made the decision a few days ago to actually pull the trigger to sign the deal," she explained. "They have to decide...I guess there's a certain amount of days after American Idol, where you decide, if you're not the winner, if they're actually going to get a record deal."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Apr112011

Pia Toscano: Why Losing 'American Idol' Might Be Best

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Winning isn't everything, and losing American Idol could turn out to be the best thing for Pia Toscano. Her surprising elimination Thursday has already resulted in tons of exposure and a platform for selling millions of records when she inks a deal.

"I was completely blown away," Toscano told ABC News Radio when asked about America's reaction. "I was kind of like in an American Idol bubble. When I was on stage and got eliminated I was thinking, 'It's over, I'm going and it's so soon.'"

"I did not expect to have the support that I have now. I'm just so blown away, thankful, and I hope to do my music and make everybody proud."

Contrary to reports that Toscano has already secured a record deal with Interscope, which is run by American Idol season 10 mentor Jimmy Iovine, the 22-year-old singer said nothing has been signed.

"There's been so many great opportunities. But I'm focusing right now on the tour. Possibly you'll hear something after the tour."

Toscano, who auditioned for Idol five times and only made it as far as the Hollywood round previously, said she's looking forward to performing on the tour without the pressures of being judged and being on live television, which she called "nerve wracking."

Her album will have to wait until the Idol winner releases his or her coronation single. But Toscano is already thinking she'd like to include a mix of "big ballads, because that's where my heart is" and "fun up-tempo" numbers."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Apr092011

Report: Pia Toscano Inks Record Deal After Shocking 'Idol' Exit

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Just days after her shocking American Idol elimination, Pia Toscano has reportedly inked a recording deal with Interscope Records.

The 22-year-old New York native signed the deal with Interscope less than two days after her controversial axing from the talent show on Thursday night, according to US magazine. The label is reportedly rushing to put an album together for the white-hot Toscano.

"After the show, Interscope told her they wanted her and first thing [Friday] morning, Interscope brass started calling every top songwriter and producer in town to get an album together and rush release it," a source told US magazine.

"Papers are being finalized. It's basically a done deal. She's signing. They rushed everything but she's so excited," the source said.

A representative for Interscope Records was not available Saturday to speak with ABC News.

Thursday's announcement of Toscano' departure from the 10th season of American Idol came after a rollicking performance by Iggy Pop, in which he shed his shirt to belt out "Real Wild Child."

As host Ryan Seacrest said Toscano's name, the crowd's enthusiasm disappeared. The audience shouted "no" while the judges looked stunned. Jennifer Lopez, on the verge of tears, said she was angry and speechless. Randy Jackson echoed her anger and Steven Tyler told America their "lack of passion was unforgivable."

Toscano's exit marks the fifth female in a row booted off the show this season. She was assumed by many to be a finale shoe-in.

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